John Gruesser deposited Humanities in Five: A Literary Life of Sutton E. Griggs: The Man on the Firing Line (Oxford University Press 2022) Text in the group LLC African American Forum on MLA Commons 9 months, 1 week ago
Based in the South throughout his career, the Black Baptist minister Sutton E. Griggs (1872-1933) wrote nearly fifty books and pamphlets, including five novels, almost all of which he issued through his own publishing companies. Griggs was a founder of American Baptist Theological Seminary, which several Civil Rights Movement leaders attended in the 1950s. Born to formerly enslaved parents and educated in Texas, Griggs lived for roughly a decade in Virginia, and spent most of the rest of his life in Nashville and Memphis. Today I will talk about Griggs as Author, Publisher, and Educator.